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Borderlands gets the bundled current-gen release we always knew it would photo
Borderlands gets the bundled current-gen release we always knew it would
by Brett Makedonski

Rumors have circulated for months that Gearbox Software's Borderlands would be the recipient of some sort of upgraded port to current consoles. In fact, speculation was so strong that it was more a matter of what titles would be bundled together, as opposed to wondering if the collection existed at all.

2K Games broke the shroud of mystery today by revealing Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The package, which is a play on main antagonist Handsome Jack's name, bundles Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with all downloadable content ever released for both games. The Handsome Collection will be available on PS4 and Xbox One on March 24 in North America and March 27 in other regions, and it'll retail for $59.99.

Maybe the best news to come out of this announcement is that those that have played one or both titles before don't have to worry about losing their established characters. The Handsome Collection will feature a cross-save system meaning that characters and Badass Rank can be carried over from previous-gen consoles. It's important to note that this only works within the same console family (i.e. Xbox 360 to Xbox One). This bundle will also support four-player local co-op in the event that you want to have a meeting of Vault Hunters all on one screen.

It may not be the first foray onto new consoles that Borderlands fans necessarily wanted, but it's definitely the one that was expected. The Handsome Collection is yet another clear indicator of the franchise's importance to 2K. But, we'll have to wait a bit longer to hear of the next original installment on Pandora.

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Review: Citizens of Earth photo
Review: Citizens of Earth
by Brittany Vincent

The Fifth Element came on TV the other day, and it really got me thinking about mise-en-scène versus characterization. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies, and is an exemplar of sci-fi in cinema without being too derivative of other works. The grittiness of futuristic New York, the contrast between earthtones and bright colors in the costume and set design, and the excellent choreography of the action scenes come together to make a great movie.

What’s a movie though without characters that entertain, blossom with personality, and can be empathized with? Would The Fifth Element be as entertaining without the bluster of Bruce Willis, the innocent sexuality of Milla Jovovich, or the ridiculous Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod? Can well-crafted artwork, concept, and background come together to make a good production regardless of the characters within it? Those are the questions that Citizens of Earth brought to mind.

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11:00 AM on 01.19.2015

Final Fantasy XIV 2.5 patch notes detail everything coming Tuesday

Square Enix has released the preliminary patch notes for Final Fantasy XIV update 2.5, set to arrive this Tuesday, and as always, it's a massive list. The biggest additions include an all-new storyline, a new Hildibrand ...

Chris Carter



Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access photo
Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access
by Rob Morrow

When we last reported on Nuke Nine's retro-inspired action platformer Vagante, the title was campaigning for funding on Kickstarter. After unfortunately falling short of its funding goal the developers have brought Vagante back as an Early Access title on Steam. Just goes to show, you can't keep a good game down.

Vagante was described as a "Spelunky-style RPG" by Rock Paper Shotgun's Graham Smith, and after recently having a go at it myself, I think that's an apt description. The emphasis here is on style, so if you're worried that the game is just a cheap knock-off of the treasured roguelike platformer, you'll be happy to know that Vagante is its own game entirely.

Admittedly, it does share some feature's with Mossmouth's title. Both have shops that appear within the level with randomized gear available for purchase. Levels are procedurally generated, complete with ladders connecting the different parts of the map. Even with these shared elements, Vagante still feels completely fresh to me because of its firm rooting in role-playing game design.

Each run through the caves offers new opportunities for loot. Some gear will be better suited to your character's class than others. Each piece has stat-effecting properties that can either compliment your build or degrade certain aspects of it. It's up to you to decide what you want to do. Higher Defense at the cost of losing a point of Dex? Entirely up to you.

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2:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Pillars of Eternity set to release on March 26

Obsidian Entertainment's massively successful crowdfunded role-playing game Pillars of Eternity has been given a worldwide release date of March 26. Weighing in at around $4.5 million raised in backer pledges and pre-purchase...

Rob Morrow

9:00 AM on 01.15.2015

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt recap explains what the hell a witcher is

With the May 19 release date, everything's sort of filler from here on out for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, be it eye-boring crows or a straight half hour of gameplay. This animated video offers a bit of background on magi...

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Bravely Default mobile game doesn't look half bad

Bravely Default is getting a mobile game spin-off. This news either delights you or makes you want to bore out your eyes with rare amiibo. Perhaps both. Or maybe neither. Maybe you're apathetic but still clicked on this...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Etrian Mystery Dungeon crawls to 3DS on April 7

Etrian Mystery Dungeon will arrive in North America on April 7, Atlus USA announced today. The project is a collaboration between Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, pairing the character classes and skill trees of Etrian Odyssey with Mystery Dungeon's exploratory roguelike design.  Atlus plans to include a bonus soundtrack disc with all pre-orders and first-run copies of the game.

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Dragon Age: Inquisition drops to $31 at Green Man Gaming

PC gamers who've gone the past few months without checking out Dragon Age: Inquisition because the price of admission felt too high get an extra nudge today via Green Man Gaming. The UK-based digital retailer slashed pri...

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Chocobo Racing, Triple Triad, and the Gold Saucer coming to Final Fantasy XIV in patch 2.5x photo
Chocobo Racing, Triple Triad, and the Gold Saucer coming to Final Fantasy XIV in patch 2.5x
by Chris Carter

Final Fantasy XIV is gearing up for its new massive 2.5 update, called "Before the Fall." The patch will be broken up into two parts. The first of which will drop next week with extra main scenario quests, boss fights, Wanderer's Palace (hard), Amdapor Keep (hard), more Hildebrand quests, an Odin boss fight, and a new 24-person raid called The World of Darkness.

Other parts will arrive in February and March, and thus, before the expansion. The biggest highlight? The Manderville Gold Saucer, Triple Triad, and Chocobo Racing all in late February! Go straight into the video at 4:30 for nostalgic music galore.

Every content update is really hefty, and provides hundreds of hours of stuff to do. Expect some impressions next week, and a full updated review after the second part hits.

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8:43 AM on 01.14.2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D roams to New 3DS in April

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is coming to New Nintendo 3DS XL in April, Nintendo announced today. The RPG is exclusive to the New 3DS platform, which arrives in North America this February.

Kyle MacGregor

8:39 AM on 01.14.2015

Fire Emblem amiibo support announced for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Nintendo has announced that Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will have amiibo support when it arrives on March 13 on the 3DS. Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina are in, and they become playable characters in the game if you happen...

Chris Carter

8:04 AM on 01.14.2015

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition looks awesome, coming in May

Nintendo has elaborated a bit on its partnership with the Puzzle & Dragons team, as well as the localization information for this year. Puzzle & Dragons Z and the new Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be bundled together for 3DS. The Mario version will have a traditional world map feature. It will arrive in May 2015.

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Atelier Ayesha Plus out today for PlayStation Vita

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk launches today on PlayStation Vita. Atelier Ayesha Plus tells the tale of a girl, Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 AM on 01.13.2015

GungHo: Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west

Puzzle & Dragons Z is still coming west, you know. When exactly? Dunno. Sometime. Eventually. Following the unveiling of Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, many were beginning to wonder about the fate of Gun...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 01.12.2015

Tales of Zestiria will read your previous PS3 Tales save data

Tales of Zestiria is launching on January 22nd in Japan, and it will likely arrive at some point in 2015 for the rest of the world. Fans will be excited to know that the latest iteration will read save data from previous titl...

Chris Carter